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The LIFE Plan from The LIFE Network – A Review

The LIFE Plan from The LIFE Network - A Review

Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.

 

We are using The LIFE Plan from The LIFE Network for Bible instruction.  With a husband who is an ordained Primitive Baptist preacher, I am always on the lookout for new resources for our family to use for Bible study time, since I know the importance of spending time in God’s Word.  We can not develop a deeper relationship with Him unless we spend time reading the Bible and praying.  So when we had the opportunity to review this six volume set, I was excited to examine it.

According to their website, The LIFE Network’s mission is, “The LIFE Network is dedicated to the production, publishing, presentation, and provision of Christian learning resources.”

Allen L. Elder is the author and the founder of The LIFE Network.  Perhaps because he is from South Carolina, and I called South Carolina home for a number of years or perhaps because he is an ordained minister, I felt a connection with him and therefore his resources.

All of us as Christians are called to fulfill the Great Commission of going out and creating disciples of God.  I can remember my husband’s paternal grandfather (and an ordained minister) repeatedly stating to us that he was told to go out and tell God’s People what God had done for Him and I strongly believe in that ideal.  As a parent, I want our children to be able to commit to that idea as well.

This set of 6 physical volumes are meant to be interacted with and used for your family’s own unique experience.  The six volumes include the following:

  • VOLUME 1 – THE BIBLE’S STORY: GENESIS 1-11
  • VOLUME 2 – ABRAHAM AND ISRAEL
  • VOLUME 3 – THE STRUCTURE OF THE BIBLE
  • VOLUME 4 – THE LIFE OF JESUS ON EARTH
  • VOLUME 5 – THE CHURCH
  • VOLUME 6 – YOUR PART IN THE STORY

Here are pictures of each volume along with pages from inside them.

The LIFE Plan Volumes

 

Since our family has gone through the story of Creation and the book of Genesis numerous times, I decided we would skip to Volume 3 instead and look at the structure of the Bible first.  My intention is for our family to go through these books at a pace that allows us to dive deeper into ideas that capture our attention or that we desire to learn more about from any lesson.  I love that all you need to use these materials are the workbooks, a Bible or Bible App, some type of paper, pencils or pens, and I would recommend highlighters.

Each volume has 36 chapters.  So theoretically a family could go through one volume per school year.  Or if your family choses to do it year round, you could do it quicker than that.

Each lesson includes the aim of the lesson, background information, Scripture pages to read, outlines, a lesson glossary, and questions to complete.  At the end of each volume the answers are provided.

Our youngest child is 17, so I allowed everyone to do the reading and the questions on their own.  Then we came together to discuss the background, discuss the answers to the questions, and add any additional thoughts any of us might have had.

I appreciate that only the Scripture references are given too families can use the Bibles of their choice. Here are some pages from Volume 3 along with some pages we have completed.

VOLUME 3 - THE STRUCTURE OF the Bible

You can find The LIFE Network on Social media at the following links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/The-LIFE-Network-107086190833458/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUTsUJO23JGLPF1oi3lRZZg

So if your family is looking for a Bible curriculum designed for disciple-making check out        The LIFE Plan from The LIFE Network for yourselves.  It is worth examining.

Other members of the Home School Review Crew are sharing their thoughts and experiences with this product this week, so click here or on the graphic below to read more of their reviews.

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Experience Biology REview

 

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I am so thankful that there are online courses for homeschool biology such as Experience Biology: Upper Level from Journey Homeschool Academy.  When our three sons completed Biology, they used a normal textbook.  However, I knew I wanted something different for our daughter.  So I was excited to review this online product with our daughter.  For this review, we received the Advanced Mastery Program which includes:

  • 35 weeks of lessons
  • Student Guidebook that contains outlines for the student to complete
  • Research Questions
  • Weekly Quizzes
  • Quarterly Exams
  • Course Guide
  • Lab Manual and Videos
  • Certificate of Completion

Parents have the option to either print out the materials from PDF files or to order the Student Guidebook and Lab book as spiral-bound books in color.  We elected to print the materials ourselves.  The Riot and the Dance is an optional textbook families can purchase.  We elected to not purchase the textbook.

Experience Biology 1

For several years, I have enjoyed reading posts by Luke and Tricia Gilkerson.  It excited me when they introduced their science materials.  For this course, Luke does the videos and Tricia does the labs.  The videos are of top quality and very engaging.  This course is a college-prep course.  They give families a full year to complete the materials, even though the course is only 35 weeks.  As homeschooling families, things do not always go as we plan, so having that extra time allotted is helpful.

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When I was in high school, one part of Biology I despised and had difficulty with was the dissections. The smells just about did me in, so I was glad the videos provide step-by-step instructions on how to complete the dissection, so our daughter will complete those on her own. I also appreciate how a sample lab report is available in the Resource Section of the Parent site, so our daughter could see what a lab report should look like.

Experience Biology Upper Level Student Guidebook

This course covers the following topics:

  • Introduction to Biology
  • The Chemistry of Life
  • Cytology
  • Cellular Metabolism Part I, II, III
  • Life Cycle of a Cell
  • Genetics Parts I and II
  • Living Organisms
  • Microbiology
  • Kingdom Protista, Fungi, Plantae, Animalia
  • The Worms
  • Creatures in the Sea
  • Phylum Mollusca, Arthropoda, Chordata,
  • Human Anatomy
  • Introduction to Ecology

Students complete note-taking activities, research questions, labs, quizzes, and exams.   The exams come after lesson 9, lesson 17, lesson 26, and lesson 34.

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Parents can monitor their student’s progress from the parental dashboard.  They require students to have their own unique email address to log in.  My one wish for this program is for the parental dashboard to provide everything the student sees and receives.  But that is a minor detail for me.
You can Journey Homeschool Academy on Social Media at the following links:

Facebook: facebook.com/intoxicatedonlife
Instagram: @intoxicatedonlifeblog

So if you are looking for a homeschool biology course for elementary school, a homeschool astronomy course, or a high school homeschool biology check out Experience Biology: Upper Level from Journey Homeschool Academy.  I am sure you will be glad you did.

Other members of the Home School Review Crew are sharing their thoughts on Experience Biology: Upper Level and Experience Astronomy: Elementary and Experience Biology: Elementary this week.  So check out their reviews by click here or on the graphic below.

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Review of the High School STEM Innovator Pack from Pitsco Education

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Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.

If you are looking for a homeschool STEM project, you’ll want to check out the High School STEM Innovator Pack from Pitsco Education. This pack is designed for grades Grades 9-12.  The kit comes with all the necessary materials and printed instructions for five kits your student can create.  The instructions are designed for the student and limited involvement from the parents are to be expected.  According to their website, “Our scalable resources enable students to practice the future-ready skills they’ll need no matter their path after school – all while integrating STEM disciplines in real-life, practical scenarios.”

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This kit contains supplies for making catapult, a Trebuchets, a Kite kit and a solar car. Perhaps if her oldest brother still lived at home and she could have made these projects with him, she would have been more interested.  I have to say these projects are perfect for those with patience for doing sometimes tedious work or work that requires hand strength.  Hand strength is something my daughter and I do not have.  In addition to the supplies to make the items, pamphlets are included to provide additional instructions, information, and activities for the students to complete.

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I also must admit we had to look up the definition of a “trebuchets”.  From the picture, I could tell it was some kind of catapult, but I was not sure exactly what it was used for. When we did a Google search, here is what we discovered.  A Trebuchet is a type of catapult utilizes a long arm to throw a projectile. It was commonly used as a weapon until gunpowder came to be.  When we tried making this project, again a lack of hand strength coupled with the thin string we were supposed to use prevented us from completing this project.  The goal is for her father to help her with this later this week.

As I said before this kit would have been perfect for our oldest son when he was in high school.  he would have taken the kit and gone off and built everything in it.  However, my daughter was not so inclined.

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However, I must say from our family’s experience, our daughter required assistance from her father.  I wish I could say she loved this product, but I can not.  When building the solar car, her dad had to basically build the car because he had the strength to put pieces together that she and I were unable to do. Here are some pictures while making the car.

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My husband enjoyed building the car for the most part and was excited to see it run.  He appreciated how the instructions could be downloaded if the instructions became lost or damaged.  We also appreciated how all of the kits came in one box that allowed everything to be kept together until we were ready to use it.

Here is a video of the car going on our driveway.

 

You can find Pitsco Education on Social Media at the following links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PitscoEducation/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/pitscoed
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pitscoed/
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/pitscoeducation/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/PitscoEd

You can enter here for your chance to win your own High School STEM Innovator Pack

So if you are looking for hands-on learning opportunities check out Pitsco Education and their homeschool STEM projects for your family.

Other members of the Home School Review Crew are sharing their thoughts on this product as well as other products from Pitsco Education this week, so click here or on the graphic below to read their reviews.

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Math Refreshers for Adults from Math Essentials – A Review

Math Refresher for Adults from Math Essentials - A Review

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Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.

 

If you need to brush up on your Math skills, I recommend checking out Math Refresher for Adults from Math Essentials. Our second son is 21-years-old, and when he graduated from high school, he was not certain of what he wanted to do for a career.  Since we knew we would be moving again, he decided to take some time deciding what he wanted to do.  Now we have moved and he has decided he wants to get a culinary degree.  So when we had the opportunity to review the Math Refresher for Adults book, I knew it would be perfect for our son to get some practice on his math skills.

Perhaps because I was a high school math teacher in the past, I can appreciate Rick Fisher’s desire to develop unique math materials that allow students to achieve success. As a public school teacher for over 31 years, Rick Fisher has the ability and experience to achieve this objective.

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Math Refresher for Adults provides the perfect platform for those who may have a math phobia, those who want to help their children with their homework, for those returning to college, for those applying for a job that requires passing a math competency test, those preparing for the GED, SAT or other standardized tests and more.

This book includes basic math, geometry, problem-solving, Pre-Algebra and Algebra, A Math Resource section, access to free video tutorials for each topic, and more.  Our son who is using this book has strived for getting perfect scores for each lesson.  So he goes through a lesson, checks his answers, and then goes back through those questions he had problems with until he gets them right.  Sometimes that means he just needs to rework the problem while other times he has to work backward from the answer to see what he did wrong.

Completed Pages

Our son is working straight through the book, however, it can be used in whatever manner suits the student.  For example, if a student only needs to brush up on certain skills or topics they can jump directly to that topic.

So far he has done about 40 pages in the workbook, including some tests.  He is pleased with his progress so far.  He seems to believe he is demonstrating how much difference a few years has made in his ability to understand and complete math sheets now versus several years ago.  I believe part of this rests on the fact he is self-motivated to complete the work.  Plus, he has set the standards he wants to achieve himself.

Here are some pages our son has completed:

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As someone who loves math, I appreciate the books from Math Essentials because I have children who do not share my passion for math.  Math Essentials provides materials that allow my children to achieve success in math.

In 2018, our family reviewed this same book, and you can read that review here. And in  August of 2017, our family reviewed another product by Math Essentials called No-Nonsense Algebra, you can check out our review by clicking here.  I hope you will check out Math Essentials and the products they offer for yourself.  You can find Math Essentials on social media on Facebook.  So whether you are looking to brush up on math skills, need assistance with general math, or need help with Algebra, check out Math Essentials for your homeschool math requirements.

Other members of the Home School Review Crew are sharing their thoughts on Math Refresher for Adults, No-Nonsense Algebra, as well as Mastering Essential Math Skills Book 2 Middle Grades/High School/. So click here or on the graphic below to read their reviews.

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Beyond the Stick Figure Complete Drawing Course PLUS 3 Bonus Courses – A Review

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Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.

 

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I am always on the lookout for great homeschool art curriculum such as the Beyond the Stick Figure Complete Drawing Course PLUS 3 Bonus courses from Beyond the Stick Figure Art School because I am not confident in my ability to teach drawing to my children.  More importantly, I am the one who wants to learn how to draw and complete other artistic endeavors.  I have been blessed with four children ages almost 24 to 17 who have been gifted with artistic talent. I wish to develop my own talent as well.

Sally, the person behind this online art program, is a homeschooling mom herself who graduated from the Loughborough College of Art and Design in England.  This program contains lessons in drawing, pen and ink, watercolors, acrylics, and 3D design for 180 art lessons.. In addition to the online course, high-quality supplies are also required to complete the lessons.

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Lists of supplies are provided for all sections.  Some of those supplies include Prismacolor® Premier® Art Marker Set, Chisel/Fine Primary Set, 12-Color, a ream of copy paper, masking tape, mechanical or HB pencils and a 2B pencil, putty eraser, Strathmore Sketch Spiral Pad 11×14 – 100 sheets, Strathmore 140 lb cold press watercolor pad, Sharpie ultra fine point marker, Cotman watercolor paint, a palette, tracing paper and more.  It is important to have the specific supplies recommended because of the quality of the results.

I set a goal of trying to work on the program at least three times a week, however, life as a homeschooling military mother and wife did not always make that possible.  I am still in the drawing course, and I have to say I am thoroughly enjoying it.

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One of the things I like most about this course revolves around the entire family can do the program together at the same time.  The lessons have to be completed sequentially, so you are unable to move on to another lesson   I love the length of the videos should not be overwhelming to younger children. The videos are easy to follow and understand.  The instructions are clear and Sally provides excelletn step by step illustrations to follow.

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In addition to the videos, frequently workbooks are provided as well for additional instruction.  While older students may find some of the initial lessons easier than they would like, those initial lessons lay the foundation for what is to come.  As someone who does not claim to be artistic but has artistically talented children, I love that there is nothing I would have to do for my children to begin learning beyond purchasing the needed materials.

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You can find Sally and Beyond the Stick Figure Art School on social media on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube.

So whether you are looking for your family to learn to draw, learn to paint, or are looking for a comprehensive homeschool art curriculum, check out homeschool art, learn to draw, learn to paint, homeschool art curriculum such as the Beyond the Stick Figure Complete Drawing Course PLUS 3 Bonus courses from Beyond the Stick Figure Art School for yourself.  I know I look forward to completing the entire program.

Be sure to click here or on the graphic below to read reviews by other members of the Home School Review Crew.

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Posted in 2020 Home School Review Crew Posts, Handwriting, Home School Review Crew Posts, Homeschooling

Perfect Reading & Beautiful Handwriting – A Review

Perfect Reading & Beautiful Handwriting - A Review

Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.

If you like to use copywork to reinforce phonics and handwriting you want to be sure to take a look at Perfect Reading, Beautiful Handwriting ebook from Everyday Education, LLC. High school record keeping, especially transcripts can be so overwhelming for parents so you should consider this book from Everyday Education LLC that teaches italic handwriting.

This book is available in both a physical form and an ebook form.  It contains sixty lessons designed to help the student learn italic penmanship by moving from straight penmanship to slanted and joined.  I decided to participate in this review primarily for myself because of the edged pen practice.  However, I may have our teenage daughter work through this book at some point.

I love how this program is designed to be completed in only 60 days.  I know when our children were younger they frequently became bored with doing the same type of things over and over again This program is designed to assist with both reading and writing well.  The copywork is perfect for those families who prefer to use a Charlotte Mason approach to homeschool.  Addressing everything from proper posture to holding a pen properly to spacing, slanting, and sizing, this book offers it all.

Depending on the age of the person either being taught or using the book, different ways of using the book are given.  I firmly believe in the importance of children learning to read and being able to read well.  As a child, I was taught the love of reading, so I was never lonely or bored because I always had a book with me.  Perhaps because my husband is in the military and by the age of ten our children needed to be able to properly write their signature in a relatively small block in order to be issued their military identification card, I believe that good handwriting is a necessity, but beautiful handwriting is even better.  I truly believe handwriting can be an art form.

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Everyone needs to go through Chapter 2 before moving on to the other chapters in the book.  Because my goal was to learn to use an edged pen (or calligraphy style pen), I read through the material at the beginning of the book and then went through chapter 2.  Because I was able to download this book, I added it to an app on my iPad so  I could practice on the go with my Apple pen for Chapter 2 in addition to doing it on paper.

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I have to say, I found the edged pen a little more challenging than I expected.  Because of the soft tip of the pen I used, I found it difficult to form letters such as “e’ with as much finesse as I wanted them to have.  But I do plan on continuing to practice.  I also found that using the edged pen I selected  I had difficulty some times fitting all of the letters of all of the words on the lines provided.  So I think I would have benefited from using a different paper.

You can find Janice Campbell and Everyday Education, LLC on social media at the following links: Facebook either here or here, Twitter either here or here, Instagram, and Pinterest.

So if you are looking for a way to introduce reading and penmanship for young children or you are looking for some to help a learner who is struggling, you just want to have beautiful handwriting yourself, check out this book for yourself.

Other members of the Home School Review Crew are sharing their thoughts about this ebook this week, so click here or on the graphic below to read more reviews.

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Review of the Ultimate PreK-12 Annual Membership from SchoolhouseTeachers.com

Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.

 

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My daughter is loving the variety of High School courses available with the High School courses from the Ultimate PreK-12 Annual Membership from SchoolhouseTeachers.com..  For a number of years our family has benefited from the resources and courses available within this online subscription.  Whether I am looking for resources and courses for our children or I am looking for resources for myself, this site has a lot to offer.

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From core courses to electives,SchoolhouseTeachers.com has all kinds of choices to select from no matter what topic or age you are searching for or desire.  One of my favorite things about this site is how they are always updating their site and constantly are adding more value for their subscribers.

On the site you will find Online Classes, Online Electives, Elementary Homeschool Courses, Middle School Homeschool Courses, High School Homeschool Courses, Homeschool parent support, access to RightNow Media material, access to World Book material, even Homeschool Planners and more.  There is also a forum where you can connect with other homeschooling parents.

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Because I am only homeschooling high school students currently, that is the section where I spend the bulk of my time.  From courses to electives to even concepts like starting a micro business, a wealth of information is presented. Here you can see some of the topics available  for high school students and parents.

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From courses with customizable lesson plans for subjects like French which our daughter wanted to study, to science courses for our son, I always can find something for our family to use.  Our daughter prefers to do work on paper rather than looking at a computer screen typically, so when preparing for the school year I printed everything out for her.  Since we are currently in flux preparing for a cross-country move, she has not actually started the French program yet in depth.  However, she has spent some time looking over the materials and feels confident she will learn a lot from this course.

I love having the freedom and flexibility to adapt the courses to our family’s needs.  Whether we want to complete a course faster than the suggested schedule or at a slower pace, we can adapt the plans on the site to meet our family’s needs.

Another section I spend a lot of time visiting is the sections devoted just to parents.  From planners to teaching tips to other helpful information including resources on marriage,  a wealth of information is available.   I love not having to search all over the Internet to find insights and useful information for our family.  Here is a sample of a marriage resource included on the site.

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So whether you are looking for a site that will provide all of your curriculum needs or you want to supplement your current curriculum, or you looking for a specific subject, the Ultimate PreK-12 Annual Membership from SchoolhouseTeachers.com.has something to offer you.  So check it out for yourself.

You can find SchoolhouseTeachers.com on Social Media at the following places:Facebook: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SchoolhouseTeachers/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TOSMag/
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/tosmag/    TAG your pins:  @tosmag

Other members of the Home School Review Crew are sharing their experiences with the Ultimate PreK-12 Annual Membership from SchoolhouseTeachers.com this week, so click here or on the graphic below to read their reviews.

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Creating a Masterpiece – Drawing Program (a review)

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Homeschool art curriculum such as the Drawing Program from Creating a Masterpiece is a great way to add drawing instruction to your child’s day, or for your own educational enrichment.  Ever since I was young, I avoided art because that was an area where my older sister excelled.  However, having four children with various gifts and talents in art made me long to learn how to draw myself.  So when I saw the opportunity to review this online program, I was thrilled to have an opportunity to review it myself.

Creating a Masterpiece provides online art lessons for children and adults of all ages.  According to the website, “Proven by the success of thousands of students, Creating a Masterpiece is the perfect choice to empower students with the skills needed to succeed in creating fine art. Students of all ages will be challenged by the unique emphasis on producing beautiful, masterpiece quality artwork.”  Truly, there is something for everyone in this program.

Master artist and teacher Sharon Hofer offers instructions that are broken down into manageable pieces and that are easy to understand. From Drawing to the Core program to the Art History program, families have the ability to select what is the right program for their situation.  In the Core Program, projects include ink, watercolor, mixed media, and more.

For this review, we received access to the Drawing program.  Families can select from Beginning Drawing, Drawing Level 1, Drawing Level 2, or Drawing Level 3 based on experience and ability.  I am glad that all four levels were available to us.

The Art Skills taught in the Drawing levels include: Incorporating Value, Shading, Two Point Perspective and many more. The four levels include 30 Projects, 48 Lessons, 3 Drawing Media.  One important thing to remember is that quality supplies are required for this program.  Obviously, if you want to create a masterpiece like a master artist you need high-quality supplies.

Sharon Hofer begins each lesson by describing the project, showing a sample, along with listing the materials that will be used.  I found her manner of speech and the speed at which she talked to be manageable.  Each lesson is broken down into parts.  So if necessary, you could break each project into multiple sessions.

I believe for younger children, parents may need to help them with some of the techniques.  However, I believe that children of any age could and would enjoy this program.

I appreciated being able to decide what projects I wanted to work on in what order.  Another feature I like is how every lesson has a list of supplies needed to complete each project.  Because I am a beginner and not very confident in my abilities, I began with Beginning Drawing.  For the projects at this level, I had a choice of working with pencils, colored pencils, or charcoal.  I decided to begin with a cartoon giraffe.  It seemed like a fun project to complete.

The supplies needed for this project included:

  • Drawing Paper: White 9″x12″
  • Drawing Pencil: 6b
  • Pencil Eraser (refillable)
  • Regular 2b Pencil and Eraser

Here are some photos of me working on this project.

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As a supplement to this lesson, Ms. Hofer provided instructions to draw another cartoon of another animal so I decided to draw a bear.  Here is that sketch.  Now, I have to admit, I plan on going back and trying to do the bear again.

 

For my second project, I did a pencil project called “Simplicity” that included trees, hills, and water.  It required the following materials:

  • Drawing Pencil: 6b
  • Regular Pencil
  • Retractable Pencil Eraser
  • Eraser
  • Drawing Paper
  • Tortillon

Here is a collage of my work for this project.

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You can find Creating a Masterpiece on social media on Facebook.

So if you are looking for a Homeschool art curriculum such as the Drawing Program from Creating a Masterpiece. You should check out this program.  It is a great way to add drawing instruction to your child’s day, or for your own educational enrichment.

Other members of the Home School Review Crew are writing about their experiences with this program this week.  Click here or on the graphic below to check out their reviews.

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A Review of Progeny Press and their Shadow Spinner Study Guide Grades 5-8 &Hound of the Baskervilles Study Guide Grades 9-12

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Progeny Press makes earning High School Literature credits easy with high school level study guides such as  Hound of the Baskervilles Study Guide and to complete Middle School Language Arts studies with Shadow Spinner Study Guide this time to review. With two students currently in high school, finding quality language arts materials is important to me.  Progeny Press makes finding literature studies simple.  Now I need to state upfront, I ordered the Hound of the Baskervilles Study Guide for my children.  However, I ordered the Shadow Spinner Study Guide for myself.

For the purpose of this review, our family received the interactive study guide for both books along with the answer keys for each.  These products were digital downloads that were easily retrieved from Progeny Press.  We did have to buy the actual literature selections ourselves. The e-book pdf has fillable fields so your student can work on a computer from grades 4 and up.   These guides can be reproduced and used with multiple students whether in the home or in a co-op.

According to its website, Progeny Press’ mission is:
“To teach our children to think clearly, to understand literature, and to rely on the scripture for truth and values, and enjoy themselves while they do it!”  With our family’s Christian values, this mission statement meets exactly what I am looking for in Literature and the English curriculum for our children.

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Because our children are in high school, I want literature plans that include comprehension questions, critical thinking skills analysis, literary techniques as well as vocabulary.  The study guides from Progeny Press meet all those requirements.

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One of the factors that make this company and its Study Guides rank high on my list for literature is the study guides are interactive.  This means I avoid having to print out tons of paper and using a ton of ink.  My children have the ability to answer the questions right on the computer.  Witha quick click of my mouse, I was able to download the Study Guide as well as the separate Answer Key.  The directions state that the answer key should only be downloaded on the teacher’s computer.  Because my children are in high school, I would have no problem with them having the answer key on their own computers.

Our family has always been fans of a television series that had one of the lead characters to portray the role of Sherlock Holmes.  So our teenagers were excited about studying this work.  The guide includes biographical information about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, activities to complete before reading, vocabulary words, literary techniques, moral lessons and character values along with other activities and writing assignments as well as Biblical lessons.

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My children found the exercises to be what they expected to have to complete for a literature course.  I appreciated how a comprehensive list of materials for further reading as well as the movie suggests was provided.  All in all my teenagers were satisfied with this guide.

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The answer key includes all the correct responses for questions that do not require the student to form their own opinion.  So for the middle school guide, students are required to read a sentence and then form their own idea of what the definition of the selected word is before looking it up in a dictionary and writing that definition down.

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Now I personally have watched a television program that mentioned Sharazad, but while in school I never read anything related to Arabian Nights.  So I picked this one for myself.  Even as an adult, I believe no one is too old to continue learning and discovering new information for themselves. The activities in this interactive study guide were similar to the ones in Hound of the Baskervilles Study Guide, but at a level that was appropriate for middle school students.  Again, the guide included vocabulary assignments, critical thinking assignments, as well as questions to make the students think.

You can find Progeny Press on social media at the following links:

Facebook: facebook.com/progenypress
Twitter: twitter.com/progenypress
Pinterest: pinterest.com/progenypress

All of the unit lessons are written from a Christian perspective which matters to our family.  So if you are looking for quality literature studies from a Christian perspective, check out Progeny Press and their Hound of the Baskervilles Study Guide for High School students and to complete the Shadow Spinner Study Guide for middle school students.

Other members of the Home School Review Crew are reviewing these guides as well as The Long Way to a New Land Study Guide Grades K-3 and Little House on the Prairie Study Guide Grades 4-6.  So click here or on the graphic below to read more reviews of Progeny Press.

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Posted in Art, Home School Review Crew Posts, Homeschooling

Review of HIGASFY Art History Video Series

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I have struggled with how to add art education to our homeschool but HiGASFY Art History Video Series made it possible to add this subject to our homeschool day.  I need to state from the beginning, however, I really wanted this subscription for myself.  For years I have wanted to develop some artistic talent.  Growing up, my older sister was the artist in our family and I did not want to try to compete with her.  So I elected to stay away from art.  I love having an online art curriculum that combines videos, and a curriculum bundle.

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The curriculum bundle includes lesson plans, Name that Artist activities, and flashcards for each era.  All of these can be printed out. However, I wanted to conserve ink, so I elected to download these items to my tablet where I could quickly and easily access them.  I elected to print the lesson plans in black and white so I could complete some of the activities such as the crossword puzzles and word searches.

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But my husband and I have three sons ages 23, almost 21, and almost 19 along with our daughter who is almost 17.  All four of these children at various points in their lives have demonstrated they are artistically talented. So I am determined to see what talent I can develop.  Because I attended a college that emphasized the Humanities, I recognize the importance of combining art history with the actual practice of art.

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HIGASFY combines the best of art history, artwork, and various activities that go across the curriculum spectrum.  Rather than being presented in a dry and boring manner, Mrs. Beth brings art to life along with her animated sidekick Gasfy who is a drop of paint.  Aimed at children in grades 1-8, I feel the videos capture the spirit and interests of children of all ages.

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The curriculum covers 4 different art eras: Renaissance, Baroque, Impressionist, and Post-Impressionist. I elected to begin with the Impressionism period.  Recently I have become fascinated with the art and artists from this period.  This selection did not disappoint.  Mrs. Beth and Gafsy take you on a tour through art eras covering a plethora of artists, cultural events of that era all while examining masterpieces for what makes that period unique.

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The lessons plan clearly lay out what needs to be completed each day.  I love how free drawing days are included throughout the study.  I also appreciated how vocabulary words were included in the lesson plans as well.  Students need to know the terms that apply to a given period or artistic style.  In addition to the drawing activities, additional activities provided range from writing assignments to geography assignments to science to critical thinking skills and more.  On some days no videos are required, but instead free drawing assignments are given.

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The “Name that Artist” cards for each period provide examples of each artist’s pieces along with the name of the artist and the name of the piece.  This feature allows students to review artists they have already studied.  If my daughter was in grades 1-8 and she was the one doing this program, I would have printed out the cards and had them laminated to make them last longer.  Otherwise, I feel viewing them on my computer or tablet for me is fine.

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The flashcards provide pieces of artwork on one side of the card while the other side shows the artist’s name and the name of the piece.  I love how these cards go hand-in-hand to reinforce what the students are learning.

Hre are some of the drawing activities I attempted.

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You can find HIGAFSY Art History Video Series on social media at the following links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/higasfy/
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/higasfy/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjrNWpYDazk50FyV7AdKhkw
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/higasfy/

As an adult, I found the historical aspects, the artists selected, and the artwork selected to be inspiring.  I loved how the activities suggested go across curriculum lines and develop a well-rounded art program.

 

 

All in all, I have to say I feel HiGASFY Art History Video Series offers a wonderful opportunity to learn about art history and art education in a creative and inspiring way.  So check it out for yourself.  Other members of the Home School Review Crew are sharing their thoughts about this program this week as well.  Click here or on the graphic below to read more reviews.

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